Becca Grumet: LA Program Coordinator at Reboot/Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Occidental College Becca graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management When she graduated: 2016 What she’s up to now: LA Program Coordinator at Reboot/Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Occidental College A bit about Becca: Becca Grumet is a comedy writer who also loves organizing around communities.She has worked with several LA Jewish organizations as a programmer and educator, including the first ever Jewish Queer Straight Alliance for teens, and the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles. Her current positions allows her to utilize the network she built over graduate school to form community partnerships between Reboot and LA organizations, Jewish and otherwise. Close Becca Grumet MAJNM ‘16 Dave Cohn: Director, Emory Hillel Dave graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management/Jewish Communal Service Masters in Public Administration, USC When he graduated: 2017 What he’s up to now: Director, Emory Hillel. A bit about Dave: Serving one of the nation’s most robust Jewish campus populations, Emory Hillel supports students to grow in relationship with Jewish life, learning, and Israel. We’re committed to developing Jewish leaders in a student-centered, pluralistic environment. Dave brings his enthusiasm for pluralistic Judaism, mentorship and personal development, and the dynamism of campus life to his work as Director of Emory Hillel.he inspiration for Dave’s dedication to Jewish communal work grew from his many years as a camper and staff member at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin. Dave originally hails from Chicago. He’s married to Sarah Ruben, an early childhood educator, and they are proud parents of a rambunctious toddler, Selah. When not at Hillel, he can be found adventuring in the outdoors, cruising the farmer’s market for some tasty produce, and traveling the world with his family. The Zelikow School played an instrumental role in solidifying my commitment to campus work, making a pivotal internship placement match with Hillel at UCLA. I left my Zelikow School experience with a greatly enhanced toolkit and the preparation I needed to take on my next professional challenge. Close Dave Cohn MAJNM/MPA ’17 Rachel Stern: Director of Education at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life Rachel graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters of Jewish Education When she graduated: 1997 What she’s up to now: Director of Education at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life A bit about Rachel: Rachel has experience in the Jewish Federation world as a Community Jewish Educator, as a Synagogue Education Director and as the Director of Outreach Education and Supervisor of Clinical Learning at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, OH. Rachel served as an Education Consultant to the ISJL (Institute of Southern Jewish Life) beginning in 2004 and accepted the position of Education Department Director in 2006. Rachel and her husband Scott are parents to Gabe, Lainey, Maddie and Charlie. Close Rachel Stern MAJCS/MAJE ‘97 Mark Staitman: Certificate in Jewish Communal Service, Retired Mark graduated with: Certificate in Jewish Communal Service/D. Min, MSCP ‘73 When he graduated: 1973 What he’s up to now: Currently Retired A bit about Mark: Mark Staitman served as a rabbi for 28 years at Rodef Shalom Congregation. He was a practicing psychotherapist for 13 years in positions at the Gateway Rehabilitation Center and then at a private practice. In addition to his job he served as a volunteer for over 20 years with National Conference on Soviet Jewry including serving as the Chairman. Among the most important things I learned in the program were Jewish fundraising skills and the importance of a good mentor. Close Mark Staitman Certificate in Jewish Communal Service/D. Min, MSCP ‘73 Aaron Gorodzinsky: Director of Outreach and Community Relations at the Jewish Federation of the Leigh Valley Aaron graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management When he graduated: 2013 What he’s up to now: Director of Outreach and Community Relations at the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley A bit about Aaron: Aaron represents the Federation with local, state, and national civil servants and politicians on important issues affecting the Jewish community. He manages the Community Relations Council, serves as a community liaison with other faith communities and minorities and is the security liaison with the local and federal authorities. My two years are the ZSJNM helped me prepare to become the professional I am today. Having the opportunity to intern at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and at the ADL, while perusing provided me with the hands on experience, and the work ethic and the values needed for the Jewish professional world. In my work today, I continue to apply the same principles I learned during my time at HUC. Close Aaron Gorodzinsky MAJNM ‘13 Mark L Goldstein: CEO, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Mark graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Social Work, USC When he graduated: 1984 What he’s up to now: CEO, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley A bit about Mark: Mark has many years of experience working in Federations across the US in a variety of positions. In 2009, Mark was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Hebrew Union College for “his singular and effective leadership to Jewish Federations in Virginia, Missouri, California and Pennsylvania; and, for his talents as a fundraiser which have guided federations to new heights of success. Mark is a member of the Committee on Planned Giving, National Association of Social Workers, Jewish Communal Service Association, Association of Jewish Community Organization Personnel and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I learned so much not only from faculty but from my fellow students at HUC. And not only from Jewish communal service students, but from rabbinic and other masters students. It really was a challenging and organic experience. While HUC-SJCS prepared me to enter the field, to this day I am reminded of the words of Jerry Bubis z I, “your HUC degree is a license, a license to learn. Go learn and work.” Close Mark L Goldstein MAJCS/MSW ‘84 Mindy Berkowitz: Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley Mindy graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Social Work, USC When she graduated: 1979 What she’s up to now: Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley A bit about Mindy: Mindy is an executive leader, manager, and visionary. She has worked in JCC’s across the country; along with BBYO, synagogue management and the secular nonprofit field. She has been at her current job for 15 years The school gave me a perspective of the Jewish communal field and issues at the time. Close Mindy Berkowitz MAJCS/MSW ’79 Julia Malkin Reger: Director of Development and Expansion at OneTable Julia graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Public Administration, USC When she graduated: 2011 What she’s up to now: Director of Development and Expansion at OneTable A bit about Julia: Julia has spent over ten years working in Jewish communities across the country. She came to OneTable from Jewish Federations of North America, where she spent time in both the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence and the National Young Leadership department working with lay leaders and professionals involved in the over 150 local Jewish Federations. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, baking, and volunteering and running endurance races with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Close Julia Malkin Reger MAJNM/MPA ‘11 Sarah Canfield-Dafilou: Student and Jewish Life Coordinator at Kehilla Jewish High School Sarah graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management When she graduated: 2016 What she’s up to now: Student and Jewish Life Coordinator at Kehillah Jewish High School A bit about Sarah: Before coming to Kehillah, Sarah served as the Student and Jewish Life Coordinator at Hillels of Westchester developing the leadership skills of students and helping them create Jewish life on their campuses. She also came to Palo Alto with many years of experience in teaching supplementary religious school. Sarah completed her undergraduate work in Jewish Studies at Penn State and was thrilled to be a member of the inaugural Senior Educators Cohort of the Institute for Experiential Jewish Education’s MSquared program. Sarah’s time at the SJNM and then the ZSchool provided her with the opportunities to learn about the vast network of Jewish institutions in LA and New York. She was able to meet with leaders of a variety of Jewish organizations that all showed her that a great organization is one that lives its mission and values. Close Sarah Canfield-Dafilou MAJNM ‘16 Sara Greene: Coordinator, Departments of Biomedical Science & Community Development, Florida Atlantic University Sara graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Social Work, USC When she graduated: 1999 What she’s up to now: Coordinator, Departments of Biomedical Science & Community Development, Florida Atlantic University A bit about Sara: Over the past 20 years I have worked for the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn, American Friends of Hebrew University, University of California, Los Angeles and currently at Florida Atlantic University. I have also worked as an independent consultant and grant writer. The skills I learned at HUC, especially in terms of fundraising, grant writing, lay/professional relations and board development have helped me both professionally and as a volunteer. Although I am no longer working professionally for a Jewish organization I use the skills I learned every day. Close Sara Greene MAJCS/MSW ‘99 Lois Nagy Weinsaft: Executive Coach for Executive Service Corps of So Cal Lois graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service When she graduated: 1979 What she’s up to now: Executive Coach for Executive Service Corps of So Cal A bit about Lois: Lois Weinsaft is a non-profit executive with expertise in planning, policy, advocacy, strategic thinking, board development, coaching, grant making, program design, fund development, staff recruitment, hiring, and supervision. Lois has been the President of Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California and has received their Career Achievement Award. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and of the Tzedek Award from Ameinu (formerly the Labor Zionist Alliance). Close Lois Nagy Weinsaft MAJCS ’79 Marcia Cohn Spiegel: Retired Consultant Marcia graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service When she graduated: 1979 What she’s up to now: Retired Consultant A bit about Marcia: Marcia’s work was dedicated to helping synagogues and organizations plan to function at the highest level possible. She worked in the former Soviet Union with women to teach skills in organization and development so that they could make social change. She attributes this skills to her teacher Jack Dauber, from the summer semester at HUC. Close Marcia Cohn Spiegel MAJCS ’79 Iris Rosenthal Weinstein: Senior Sales Executive, ISSA - The Worldwide Cleaning Association Iris graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Public Administration, USC What she’s up to now: Senior Sales Executive, ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Association A bit about Iris: Immediately after graduating, Iris worked at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County in various roles and then Campaign Associate for the Jewish National Fund in Chicago. Deciding to pivot from the great work of the Jewish community was difficult back in 2005, but I have found a great organization that has allowed me to grow professionally by learning complementary skills such as finance, marketing and trade show operations that has shaped me to be the professional I am in the Event and Exhibition industry. Close Iris Rosenthal Weinstein MAJNM/MPA Adam L. Inlander: Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Adam graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Public Administration, USC When he graduated: 1998 What he’s up to now: Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch A bit about Adam: A native of San Francisco, Adam joined Merrill Lynch in Newport Beach in 2016 after a nearly twenty year career in Synagogue Management. As a Reform Synagogue Executive Director, Adam’s career took him to serve Jewish communities in Northern California, Tennessee, Ohio, and then back in Southern California. Currently he is nurturing the next generation of Philanthropreneur with a niche division of the financial planning practice focused on corporate social responsibility and charitable trust development. Both the academic and practical lessons learned at HUC served Adam throughout his career, and to this day he maintains an important network of peers and colleagues he met during his time at the school. Close Adam L. Inlander MAJCS/MPA ‘98 Becka Ross: Director of Development and Communications, Teen Success, Inc Becka graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Jewish Education When she graduated: What she’s up to now: Director of Development and Communications, Teen Success, Inc A bit about Becka: Prior to coming to Teen Success, Inc., Becka worked at the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, most recently as the Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Community Campaign where she focused on educating and cultivating new leadership, as well as empowering women to make philanthropic gifts in their own name. In 2012, Becka received the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program fellowship, an intensive 4-year program which trains the next generation of non-profit leadership. Her time at Hebrew Union College- Zelikow School of Non-Profit Management gave her the skills and connections needed to grow and thrive as a nonprofit professional. Becka is passionate about making changes in the community today to impact the next generation. Close Becka Ross MAJNM/MAJE Adrian Breitfeld: Chief Financial Officer, JCC of San Francisco Adrian graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Business Administration, USC When he graduated: 2007 What he’s up to now: Chief Financial Officer, JCC of San Francisco A bit about Adrian: My time at HUC shape me as a Jewish professional and gave me the necessary tools to navigate such a complex world. From being the Controller and the Manager of Business Development at JFSLA, went on to become the controller at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco and I’m currently the Chief Financial Officer at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. At school I was able to create long lasting friendships and develop a pool of colleagues that are an incredible resource of knowledge and wisdom. Close Adrian Breitfeld MAJNM/MBA ‘07 Bailey London: Executive Director, USC Hillel Foundation Bailey graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Social Work, USC When she graduated: 2007 What she’s up to now: Executive Director, USC Hillel Foundation A bit about Bailey: Bailey previously served as the Director of Emerging Leadership and Next Gen Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. While at the Federation, she developed and implemented a prestigious leadership training program and significantly impacted the Jewish community through financial resource development and young adult engagement. While a student, Bailey credits HUC’s program with helping her find her identity as a Jewish professional and leader and build the network responsible for helping guide her career. Close Bailey London MAJNM/MSW ‘07 Rabbi Dennis J Eisner: Senior Rabbi Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA Rabbi Eisner graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service When he graduated: 1996 Year of Ordination: 1998 What he’s up to now: Senior Rabbi Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA A bit about Rabbi Eisner: Rabbi Eisner has strong background in spiritual and pastoral guidance, Jewish communal work, formal and informal education, social action, as well as lay and professional leadership development to his role at PTBE. Most recently Rabbi Eisner has served on the Israel & Global Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the Northern California Board of AIPAC and on the Board of the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. He’s a past Assistant Dean of the Los Angeles Campus at HUC-JIR and Director of Junior and High School programs and NFTY for the URJ. Close Rabbi Dennis J Eisner MAJCS ‘96, Ordination ‘98 Aaron Levinson: Planned Giving Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Home Aaron graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Public Administration, USC When he graduated: 1997 What he’s up to now: Planned Giving Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Home A bit about Aaron: Previously Aaron served five years as Executive Director of The Executives, a fund-raising support group of the Jewish Home. Prior to joining the Jewish Home, Aaron served as Executive Director of Shomrei Torah Synagogue, a conservative Jewish synagogue of more than 550 family members in West Hills. Aaron also spent seven years at the Anti-Defamation League in a variety of positions, including as Interim Regional Director. Close Aaron Levinson MAJNM/MPA ‘97 Richard Rosenbaum: Director of Advancement at American Jewish University Richard graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Public Administration, USC When he graduated: 1996 What he’s up to now: Director of Advancement at American Jewish University A bit about Richard: When I arrived at HUC-JIR I knew I wanted to build a better world through Jewish communal work but I didn’t know the specific direction to take. My coursework, internships and guidance from faculty mentors helped me to sharpen my focus and find my niche. I continue to work in the field all these years later and regularly utilize the knowledge I gained in my studies. Close Richard Rosenbaum MAJCS/MPA ‘96 Amanda Abrams: Executive Director, The Zalik Foundation - Founding Executive Director of Atlanta Based Family Foundation Amanda graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Business Administration, USC When did she graduate: 2007 What she’s up to now: Executive Director, The Zalik Foundation – Founding Executive Director of Atlanta Based Family Foundation A bit about Amanda: Amanda Abrams began her career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson in New York, and quickly realized her passion lay in working to better the Jewish community. She then served as the Chief Program and Innovation Officer at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, was an inaugural Education Fellow at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, and held a variety of senior leadership roles at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Amanda reflects back on her coursework, field placement and international seminars at the SJNM with great affinity and firmly believes that the foundation she received at HUC and USC impacted and guided her professional trajectory. Close Amanda Abrams MAJNM/MBA ‘07 Rachel Schonwetter: Assistant Director, Community Engagement at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco Rachel graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Social Work, USC When she graduated: 2016 What she’s up to now: Assistant Director, Community Engagement at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco A bit about Rachel: Originally from Tampa, Florida, Rachel Schonwetter currently lives in San Francisco, California and arrived there by way of Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. She is a social worker and nonprofit professional working at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco as their Assistant Director of Community Engagement and has been there June 2016. Close Rachel Schonwetter MAJNM/MSW ‘16 MELISSA GARAI, Manager of Advancement and Program Services, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Melissa graduated with: Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Public Administration, USC What she’s up to now: Manager of Advancement and Program Services, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management When she graduated: 2010 A bit about Melissa: You know how many people say they “fell into” Jewish communal work? Well, Melissa has pretty much been training for this since day one. Back in college, Melissa was pre-law turned Jewish nonprofit professional when she fell in love with her campus fundraising job and realized she could do this work for the Jewish community… as a career! Melissa now has over 10 years of experience in fundraising, communications, and program development in established and emerging nonprofit organizations, as well as in university settings. Melissa has worked in key development, strategy and program roles throughout the California nonprofit community, at organizations including UCSD, UpStart Bay Area, Jewish Federations of the East Bay and of Los Angeles. Most recently, Melissa served as the Director of Major Gifts at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA. Melissa is the Manager of Advancement and Program Services for the Zelikow School. That’s a long way to say Melissa is responsible for helping to bring new students, new funds and more attention to our amazing work here at the Zelikow School. Melissa holds a dual BA in Judaic Studies and American Politics from UCSD (2008), an MPA from USC (2010), and an MAJCS from the Zelikow School (2010). A “valley girl” born and raised, Melissa loves being back in sunny LA, after a 6-year stint in the beautiful-but-cold SF Bay Area. She and her husband currently live in Studio City. Their home is a blend of their Sephardi, Ashkenazi, conservative and orthodox backgrounds and traditions. Close MELISSA GARAI MAJCS/MPA ’10 Ann Schwarz Shabtay, Director of Children and Camping at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston Ann graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Public Administration, USC When she graduated: 2009 What she’s up to now: Director of Children and Camping at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston A bit about Ann: Ann is currently overseeing the Children and Camping programs at the Eveyln Rubenstein JCC in Houston. With over 700 campers daily, Anna oversees all aspects of camp during the summer and after-school enrichment programs including Dance, Theatre, and more during the year. Prior to Houston, Anna served for three years on the staff at the Memphis JCC working on membership, marketing and special projects. Following graduation from HUC-JIR, Anna worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach for three years in development and communication. I am grateful for my time at HUC-JIR and USC. I use skills that I learned in school everyday and I feel like the connections I made during school have set me up for a lifetime of professional success. Close Anne Schwarz Shabtay MAJNM/MPA ‘09 Jillian Katz: Youth Outreach & Engagement Coordinator, Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County Jillian graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Public Administration, USC When did she graduate: 2016 What she’s up to now:Youth Outreach & Engagement Coordinator, Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County A bit about Jillian: Following graduation from HUC and USC, Jillian accepted a full-time position working in the Community Partnerships department where she worked primarily in grant making and to strengthen partnerships with congregations and organizations across Orange County. In November 2017, she transitioned to JFFS’ Engagement Team as Youth Outreach & Engagement Coordinator, overseeing both PJ Library in OC and Passport to Jewish Life educational grants. As a volunteer, Jillian advises the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority chapter, serves on the executive committee of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California, and is closely involved with Sharsheret. I credit the Zelikow School with inspiring and preparing me to tackle Jewish nonprofit work proudly and confidently, and to this day I continue to reach out to my Zelikow School family for professional advice and support. Close Jillian Katz MAJNM/MPA ‘16 David Kurz: Director, ``Ezrach`` Consulting and Training David graduated with: Certificate in Jewish Communal Service When he graduated: 1973 What he’s up to now: Director, “Ezrach” Consulting and Training A bit about David: David has been living and working in Israel since 1974, mostly in the government welfare system supervising organizational and community development from regional and national levels. This entails training, consulting, supporting local community social workers in dealing with varieties of ethnic/religious/language communities interacting with each other and with local government and NGOs; and with professionals in those agencies; and the agency professionals coordinating among themselves. My two summers at SJCS rooted my professional practice in Jewish sources and connected my organizational decisions in Jewish values. SJCS sharpened and focused my mission – Abraham’s – of enabling “righteousness and justice” with no limits, of “proclaiming liberty throughout the land” for all, Jews and non-Jews alike. The roots and values from SJCS have guided my professional practice through my career into semi-retirement as an independent consultant; “and I am well pleased.” Close David Kurz Certificate in Jewish Communal Service ‘73 Rachel Chertkoff: Deputy Executive Director, CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee) Rachel graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Communication Management, USC When she graduated: 1999 What she’s up to now: Deputy Executive Director, CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee) A bit about Rachel: Rachel Chertkoff’s passion is political engagement. She has worked for more than 18 years on fostering leaders and connecting them to politics and government in both Canada and the United States. She played a key role in the founding and development of the organization from 2005-2010 and returned to CJPAC as Director of Operations, now Deputy Executive Director, after working as the National Executive Director of MAZON Canada, which raises and disburses funds for hunger relief across Canada. Close Rachel Chertkoff MAJCS/MCM ‘99 Richard Meyer: President, Meyer Strategic Consulting Richard graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Social Work, USC When he graduated: 1979 What he’s up to now: Director of Children and Camping at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston A bit about Richard: In 2011 Richard founded Meyer Strategic Consulting (MSC) a firm that works to enhance the success of non-profits using his expertise in fundraising, organizational development and strategic planning based on over 30 years within the field of non-profit management. Before forming MSC, Richard served in a myriad of roles within the Jewish communal field; working at the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service as Director of Leadership Development and then Assistant Campaign Director and as Chief Development Officer of the MIlwaukee Jewish Federation and later for over 20 years as its CEO. The foundation for my career and success, including a majority of the values, practices, drive and passion I have represented, was developed and nurtured during my time at HUC. Close Richard Meyer MAJCS/MSW ‘79 Laura Siegel Perpinyal: Director of Congregational Learning, Temple Chai Laura graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management Masters in Jewish Education When she graduated: 2009 What she’s up to now: Director of Congregational Learning, Temple Chai A bit about Laura: Laura Siegel Perpinyal has been the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai since 2011. Under her leadership, our school was accredited by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) in 2018. Laura is active in the national leadership of the ARJE serving as the Development Co-chair and most recently the Continuing Education Chair. In 2017 she started her term as President of the Chicago Area Reform Jewish Educators (CHARJE). Close Laura Siegel Perpinyal MAJNM/MAJE ‘09 Lisa Langer: HUC-JIR EMA Clinical Faculty Mentor and URJ Associate Director Congregational Innovations Lisa graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Jewish Education What she’s up to now: HUC-JIR EMA Clinical Faculty Mentor and URJ Associate Director Congregational Innovations A bit about Lisa: Lisa Langer, RJE, has served as an educational leader at the URJ, the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco, and Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. She has been a visiting lecturer and alumna-in-residence at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and is currently a clinical faculty mentor for the Executive M.A. program in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR. My two summers at SJCS rooted my professional practice in Jewish sources and connected my organizational decisions in Jewish values. SJCS sharpened and focused my mission – Abraham’s – of enabling “righteousness and justice” with no limits, of “proclaiming liberty throughout the land” for all, Jews and non-Jews alike. The roots and values from SJCS have guided my professional practice through my career into semi-retirement as an independent consultant; “and I am well pleased.” Close Lisa Langer MAJCS/MAJE MANDI RICHARDSON, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AT ZELIKOW SCHOOL OF JEWISH NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT Mandi graduated with: Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Jewish Social Work, USC What she’s up to now: Associate Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management When she graduated: 1997 A bit about Mandi: After falling in love with psychology in undergrad, Mandi was encouraged to pursue a degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Social Work by several alumni of the Zelikow School (formerly the School of Jewish Communal Service). She started grad school in the summer of 1995 and fell in love with the field of Jewish nonprofit management. With 20 years of experience, Mandi has now worked in a variety of positions in the Jewish nonprofit field. From community relations and legislative advocacy at the AJC in Los Angeles, to grant management at the Jewish community Foundation of Los Angeles to fundraising at de Toledo High School (formerly New Community Jewish High School). She circled her way back to HUC coming to work as the Associate Director of the Zelikow School in 2012. She was thrilled to get the opportunity to have an impact on future students and give back to her beloved alma mater, which had profoundly transformed her life. As the Associate Director, Mandi oversees the internship program, teaches Introduction to Jewish Communal Institutions, fondly known as “Wacky Wednesday”, and assists in the general management and development of the Zelikow School. On any given day, pop your head into Mandi’s office and you’ll likely find a student or two hanging out between classes. Mandi holds a BA in Psychology from CSUN (1994), an MSW from USC (1997) and an MAJCS from the Zelikow School (1997). Mandi was raised in a Conservdox household in Cape Town, South Africa where Judaism was always a major part of her life. She and her husband are proud parents of four wonderful children and one beloved dog. Close MANDI RICHARDSON MAJCS/MSW ’97 Javier Simonovich: Dean of Students & Lecturer, Yezreel Valley College, Israel Javier graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Social Work, USC When he graduated: 1985 What he’s up to now: Dean of Students & Lecturer, Yezreel Valley College, Israel A bit about Javier: Since finishing his Ph.D. in Social and Economical Planning at the Architecture and Urban Planning, Javier has been working in Social and Economical Community Development programs, teaching and social research at the Faculty of Human Services, Emek Yezreel Academic College, and clinical work as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist for the Ministry of Security in Israeli Army and private practice. Close Javier Simonovich MAJCS/MSW ‘85 Matt Kahn: San Francisco Director at AJC Graduated with: Masters of Jewish Communal Service & Masters of Jewish Education When he graduated: 2009 What he’s up to now: Matt Kahn returned to AJC (American Jewish Committee) in 2017 as the San Francisco Director, one of 22 offices of AJC in the US. Prior to coming to AJC, Matt worked for two years as the Associate Director of the Interfaith Relations Department at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, where he worked with the faith community on dialogue, collaboration and service. This is a return to the organization for Matt, where he worked in the Houston Regional office as Assistant Regional Director and Assistant Development Director from 2011 – 2015. Matt is passionate about global Jewish diplomacy, relationship building, coalition work, and putting Jewish values into action. Matt has Masters degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and a BS in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Matt is married to Rabbi Samantha Kahn and they have two children, Roey and Stella Mae. Close MATT KAHN MAJCS/MAJE ‘09 Missy Goldstein She graduated with: Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management/ Masters in Jewish Education When she graduated: 2018 A bit about Missy: Missy Goldstein grew up involved in Jewish life across the Midwest and the South. She credits her passion for Jewish communal life with thirteen years spent at URJ OSRUI, high school years as a NFTY leader, and finding home in the Jewish community no matter where she lived. After receiving a BA in Jewish Studies and BS in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida, Missy went on to work for two years as an Education Fellow at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). In this role Missy traveled across the South working with a diverse portfolio of congregations and their religious school programs. In her second year Missy began the application process for HUC-JIR’s Joint Masters program. It was on her HUC year-in-Israel that she met her fiancé (or husband, depending on when you read this) Rob, who is an HUC rabbinical student. During her two years in LA, Missy is grateful to have had the opportunity to intern at and learn from the amazing work of NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change and the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center. Missy graduated in May 2018 and left the LA’s delicious Salt & Straw for the sweetness of Cincinnati’s Greater’s ice cream (and actually living in the same city as her beshert). She was recently named the new Esther and Maurice Becker Networking and Mentoring Coordinator, or YAD Engagement Coordinator, at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. There, Missy will create targeted community engagement and networking opportunities to attract and serve Jewish young adults in Cincinnati. Close Missy Goldstein MAJNM/MAJE ’18 Jenna Fields: California Regional Director of Sharsheret She graduated with: Masters in Jewish Communal Service Masters in Social Work, USC When she graduated: 2010 What she’s up to now: California Regional Director of Sharsheret A bit about Jenna: Jenna Fields, MAJCS, MSW, is the California Regional Director of Sharsheret, the national nonprofit supporting Jewish women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Sharsheret opened its Los Angeles office in 2016 under her leadership. She has led educational programming across the state in partnership with dedicated volunteers, medical centers, synagogues, and schools, raising awareness within the Jewish community about breast and ovarian cancer, elevated risks for hereditary cancers, and cancer genetics. Prior to her current role, Jenna worked at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles as the Valley Alliance Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Director of Caring for Jews in Need. She is a graduate of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College and the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Close Jenna Fields MAJCS/MSW ’10 Leadership team ARE YOU ZSCHOOL ALUM? We’d love to feature you too. Click here. Alumni Join our Alumni Association Visit our Alumni Association Page for more info. Make your Alumni Gift Online Pay-it-forward and support student scholarships. Update your Alumni Record Make sure we have your updated contact information by filling out this form.